Highlights tour of Romania

“Focussing on four different regions, this 10 day tour explores Romania’s highlights, from medieval villages, to forests and atmospheric Transylvania. ”

Highlights

Bucharest | Vanatori Neamt Nature Park | Bucovina | painted monasteries | Vaser Valley | steam train ride | Transylvania | Turda salt mine | Sighisoara | Biertan | Viscri | Brasov | Bran Castle

Description of Highlights tour of Romania

Romania is not as well explored or as firmly on the tourist trail as other European countries, but it’s a really fascinating place and this highlights tour explores four different regions. Beyond the capital, Bratislava, much of Romania feels unchanged and untouched. There are dense forests, farmers driving horse-drawn carts, medieval villages and ornate monasteries. It’s also a multi ethnic country, where people of different groups and faiths have long shared space, creating a rich tapestry of cultures and traditions.

This 10 day tour begins in Bucharest, before travelling north to Bucovina, famous for its painted monasteries and its museum containing some 3,000 painted Easter eggs. In the mountainous region of Maramures, you can ride the old forest steam chain that winds through the remote Vaser Valley. The tour finishes in Transylvania, Dracula’s famous birthplace, where Hungarian and Saxon culture still thrives. Stay in Romania’s most beautiful medieval town, Brasov, for two nights and visit Viscri, a UNESCO World Heritage site perched on top of a hill. You can’t come to this part of the world without visiting Bran Castle, too, also known as Dracula’s Castle.

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Responsible tourism: Highlights tour of Romania

Accommodation and Meals:
We stay in a wonderful mix of accommodation, ranging from 3 and 4-star hotels, an Orthodox monastery and a converted train that once belonged to the East German railway. All of the accommodation providers employ local staff. Meals are a mixture of fresh local produce and Romanian specialties like smoked meats, cabbage dishes and vegetable soups. When lunches and dinners are included, these are taken in unique and locally-run locations such as a monastery, a local family-run café in Viscri and in the train hotel. Where meals are not included, the leader will encourage clients to dine in and support family-run restaurants and establishments as well as purchasing supplies in local markets in the towns we visit.

Association for Ecotourism in Romania:
Our local tour operators are founding members of the Association for Ecotourism in Romania (AER) and hold positions on the Director’s Board. The Association is involved in promotion and marketing of sustainable tourism activity and accreditation of ecotourism tours and green accommodation. In a place where ecotourism is still in its infancy, this group is significant in raising public awareness of responsible ways to travel and this is reflected in the nature of this trip.

Local Craft and Culture:
We get an insight into the rural, agricultural and cultural traditions and lifestyles of many communities in Romania. In Bucovina we visit the painted monasteries of Moldovita and Sucevita, considered treasures in Romania and will also have a chance to see a very special type of black pottery in Marginea, which has been produced in the region for more than 500 years. We visit the Agapia monastery where the nuns are renowned for their carpet weaving workshop and in Maramures we visit a decorated eggs museum to learn about the conservation and practice of traditional painting techniques.
In Transylvania, we visit the Saxon towns and villages of Sighisoara, Biertan and Viscri, all UNESCO World Heritage listed and known for their fortified churches and mediaeval architecture. Here, clients are encouraged to buy local crafts, agricultural produce and learn about the traditional Saxon culture. In Viscri we also enjoy a traditional lunch at a local café in a family’s home. The village was saved from deterioration through the initiative of the Prince’s Trust, after the Prince of Wales first visited in 1998. It’s one of the leading examples of how tourism can benefit the inhabitants of remote areas.

Conservation:
In the Vanatori Neamt Nature Park located in the north-east of Romania, we learn about the conservation project for the reintroduction of the European bison. It is one of the few places where the European bison can be seen. By visiting, we are supporting the work goes on here with monitoring and maintenance of the reintroduction project.

Community
Throughout the tour we contribute to the local economy by paying for local guides and entrance fees to the People’s Palace, Vanatori Neamt Nature Park, monasteries, egg museum, salt mine and churches. There will be several opportunities to buy local handicrafts and regional produce on the tour as well as enjoy typical meals with a local family. This trip is designed to allow a high degree of economic benefit to all the local communities that we visit.

Group Size:
This small group tour has a maximum of 16 participants, meaning that we have a low impact on the communities we visit and are able to ensure that we do not disrupt or lead to the displacement of local people.

UK office:
It all starts at home so we have first worked at reducing our carbon footprint in our UK offices. Through energy conservation measures and recycling policies, we are proud to be actively reducing the waste produced and our impact on the environment. We support various projects all over the world to try and give something back to the places we visit.


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